Help Heal Kids with Giant Bomb, me and Extra Life 2016!

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One of my favorite pastimes since I was a child has been video gaming. In recent years, the number of games I get and the time I put into them has reduced. But I’m still a patron of the art form indirectly, through following video game website Giant Bomb – where Jeff Gerstmann and his crew cover all the video games I can’t play, and talk about them on two hilariously irreverent podcasts, the Giant Bombcast and The Giant Beastcast.

Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann and Dan Ryckert helped me learn that nothing good can come from playing video games on a roller coaster. Except a video that convinced me never to do the same.

Why am I sharing this? Well, Giant Bomb and its community of fans participate annually in Extra Life, a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Specifically, Extra Life participants help bring attention to and raise funds for CMN Hospitals to continue saving and improving the lives of ill children even when parents can’t afford to.

Typically, Giant Bomb sets up two Extra Life fundraisers: one run by the staff during the marathon weekend, and the other by members of its fan community a.k.a Team Giant Bomb throughout the year. Last year, I was a donor supporting the staff’s fundraiser. This year, I am teaming up to help raise funds with Team Giant Bomb (currently the 5th most charitable team of Extra Life 2016). It’s a friendly rivalry to beat the staff and help heal kids!

If you can read the amounts raised in a previous year by the Giant Bomb Staff as well as Team Giant Bomb amidst all the pizza boxes, you’ll see we really want to make a meaningful impact through Extra Life.

A 24 hour video game marathon? How does that help kids? That’s a fair question, and to be honest, just a video game marathon on its own, just like a running or dance marathon, wouldn’t help heal kids. Rather, it is the hope that us marathoners, as well as you, our friends and loved ones, would help bring attention to and give to the fundraising effort, either because you love video games or love saving children (or both!)

And while 24 hour gaming may sound like a dream come true, it is actually the opposite for many – it is a test of mental endurance and in the latter hours a fight to stay awake if you are soloing it. I surely would never entertain doing something like this if it weren’t for a good cause. Tentatively, this year’s marathon is scheduled for November 5th, 2016. I’ll share more details as we run up to this day. If you play games and want to participate in the marathon with me, please let me know ASAP!

Above is the story of Victoria Enmon, a middle school cheerleader and Leukemia patient who was the inspiration behind the Extra Life movement.

My personal fundraising will be directed to support Kosair Children’s Hospital here in my town, Louisville, Kentucky. My fundraising goal is $2000 by the end of this year, and I have have donated 10% towards my goal to kick it off and show that I’m serious about helping heal kids. Every dollar raised will fund critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, charitable care and more for my local CMN Hospital.

Can you help support my efforts? I would appreciate a gift of any amount. You can make a one-time gift, or choose to make a small reoccurring monthly gift to help my fundraising success. Please donate by going to the link at the end of this post and clicking the Donate button by my name. All donations are collected securely by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I appreciate your time and consideration!

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